Re: [asa] Star of Bethlehem presentation?

From: David Clounch <>
Date: Fri Nov 20 2009 - 21:48:10 EST

I have never believed it was a star. Just read the scriptures. It clearly
doesn't describe the path a star would take. Who made up this star story
anyway? Sort of sounds like St Nick getting turned into Santa Claus.

On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 6:53 PM, John Walley <> wrote:

> Although not from a scientist's perspective, I looked into this a few years
> ago when he came to my church here. I think he is on to something.
> I was heavily in to RTB at the time and they have a competing theory but I
> still found his much more plausible. I think the weakness of his that most
> people seize on is that he dates the advent of the star (a planetary
> conjunction if I recall) a few years earlier than 4BC which is when it is
> supposed to be and I don't recall how he deals with that, but the rest of
> his presentation is very convincing. It relies heavily on assumptions of the
> astronomical and astrological knowledge and accepted understandings of the
> day but as most of here are non-literalists, that shouldn't be that much of
> an objection.
> I would definitely recommend you go and check it out. I think you will be
> impressed. A quick perusal of his site ahead of time would be wrothwhile as
> well.
> John
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Allan Harvey <>
> *To:*
> *Sent:* Fri, November 20, 2009 7:42:11 PM
> *Subject:* [asa] Star of Bethlehem presentation?
> So is anybody here (particularly any astronomers) familiar with a guy named
> Rick Larson who has a supposedly scientific inspirational DVD presentation
> about the Star of Bethlehem. This appears to be his website:
> It will be shown (as an Adult Ed offering) at my church soon. Good,
> harmless, or something to steer people away from?
> Allan Harvey, ASA Member

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